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Data Migration

If you are graduating or otherwise leaving MCAD, you probably have data (such as emails, files in Google Drive, assets in Adobe CC) associated with your MCAD account that you’ll want to save or transfer before your account on our directory server is disabled. This in turn ends your ability to access most products and services associated with it. This article aims to provide a high-level overview of how to move, transfer, and export data from your MCAD account to personal accounts.

Other Important Preparation

  • In the year after your graduation but before your email account is deactivated, it may be a good idea to set up a vacation responder that automatically sends a reply to anyone who emails your MCAD address. You can customize the message to inform them that this is no longer your primary email address and direct them to contact you at your personal email address.
  • You can also have messages received by your address forwarded to another email address, but only while your email account is still active. Deactivated accounts cannot continue to forward emails to another account, as they will no longer be able to receive emails at all. You'll need to make sure that you've given any important contacts your new email address.
  • If you've signed up for other accounts or services (such as social media, online stores, banking portals, etc.) with your email address, you will want to associate these services with a different email address before your account is deactivated.
  • If you are the owner (creator) of shared Google Docs that others at MCAD will continue to need to access, make sure you transfer ownership of these files before your account is deactivated.
  • After you've graduated, it's a good idea to stop by the Help Desk to have the MCAD software build removed from your computer and replaced with a clean operating system. This will help you save storage space and avoid software licensing issuesthe remnants of (now inactive) MCAD software activations can interfere with your ability to license and use these programs on your own. The Help Desk welcomes walk-ins for graduates who would like to get off the MCAD build. Please make a full backup of your data beforehand.

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